Changing a diaper is easier than you think. Ask the employer to show you how. Be sure to make eye contact and talk or sing with an infant. You may need safe toys to distract a toddler during the diaper change.
Safety comes first! Keep one hand on the infant at all times! Never leave the infant!
- Choose a safe place to change the infant’s diaper—on the floor on a changing pad or towel.
- Make sure you have all the supplies you need—clean diaper, wipes, etc.—within reach first.
- To remove the dirty diaper, undo the tabs first and gently slide the diaper from under the infant’s bottom.
- Gently wipe the infant from front to back with a washcloth or wipe. Be sure to get the little folds and creases clean.
- Pat the infant dry with a clean washcloth or wipe to prevent diaper rash.
- Gently lift the infant’s legs with one hand and slide a clean diaper under infant’s bottom with the other hand. Be sure you have the side with the adhesive tabs underneath the infant.
- Before you fasten the tabs, make sure the front of the diaper is centered between the legs and pulled up to the same level as in the back— usually around the level of the belly button in the front.
- To prevent leaks, bring the adhesive strips forward and fasten them snugly on the front of the diaper so there are no gaps. Be careful not to stick the adhesive tape to the infant’s skin.
- Roll up the old diaper—and wipes—onto itself in a ball. Fasten the tabs to secure it. Dispose of the old diaper and wipes as directed by the employer. One option is to put the old diaper in a plastic bag and tie it closed. Then put it in the trash.
- Always wash your hands with soap and water after you have disposed of the diaper.